Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals/Old white Jade?


Antique White Jade
Antique White Jade  

Green Jade
Green Jade  
I have 2 hand carved jade (?) pieces
I have been told that the fish carving is antique white Jade
The other carving is vintage green jade.
I have included some photos; your professional opinion and/or any feedback would be deeply appreciated.
Thank you so much for your your time and assistance!

Hi Andrea,

This is difficult to answer without performing some testing on your specimens. The term "Jade" is used as a disambiguous term referring usually to two minerals. One is the mineral nephrite which is a greenish mineral belonging to the amphibole mineral group. Amphiboles are often fibrous which can be seen under magnification. The other mineral often traded as Jade is actually the mineral jadeite which belongs to the pyroxene mineral group. The pyroxene jadeite does NOT appear fibrous under magnification. But there are also many minerals traded as Jade that are NOT real Jade.

There are many tests you can do yourself. Here is a website that might be helpful:
I think this might help you answer your question.  

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